President of NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly Paolo Alli reaffirmed support for the aspiration of Georgia to move closer to the West here on Saturday.
At the meeting with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili in Tbilisi, Alli reiterated NATO’s strong supports for Georgia’s aspiration to integrate with the Euro-Atlantic structure, according to local Interpress News Agency.
Meanwhile, he noted that it is a rare case that the parliamentary assembly session is held in a non-NATO member state, which in his words means “not only a gesture but a significant political step by NATO.”
During the meeting, Margvelashvili asked Alli to engage NATO experts in the preparation of recommendations in order to improve Georgia’s national security architecture.
On Friday, at the opening ceremony of NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly in Tbilisi, Alli insisted that stability in the Caucasus and around the Black Sea is inextricably linked to Western security.
“We think Georgia will become a member of NATO”, said Alli. “This was the decision the allies made in Bucharest, and this decision remains” effective, he stressed.
The four-day Spring Session of NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly opened in Tbilisi on Friday.
This is the fifth time in its six-decade history that NATO Parliamentary Assembly has held a session in a country outside the NATO countries.